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2:50 PM ET, July 18, 2008

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Beth Reinhard / Naked Politics:
McCain POW bud: Muslims ‘going to kill us’  —  One of John McCain's fellow POW's in Vietnam defended the war in Iraq, saying, “The Muslims have said either we kneel or they're going to kill us.”  —  In a phone call with reporters arranged by Republican Party of Florida, Colonel Bud Day added …
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
McCain's attacks get more reckless, less responsible  —  In the modern political era, voters have come to expect presidential candidates to be, well, presidential.  There's an expectation of respect and decorum.  Candidates are going to go on the attack on occasion, but Americans …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain surrogate describes war with ‘the Muslims’
Discussion: pandagon.net
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's Greatest Admirer  —  Barack Obama wants to speak at the Brandenburg Gate.  He figures it would be a nice backdrop.  The supporting cast — a cheering audience and a few fainting frauleins — would be a picturesque way to bolster his foreign policy credentials.
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Deutsche Welle:
Berlin Gears Up for Obama Visit  —  Barack Obama seems set to speak next to Berlin's famous Victory Column when he visits next week.  The speech is expected to draw thousands and has put Obama's view on trade in the spotlight.  —  In what is viewed as a compromise, Obama …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Fox News
Patrick Donahue / Bloomberg:
Obama to Speak at Berlin Victory Column, Berliner Zeitung Says  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will give a speech at the Victory Column in central Berlin, avoiding the Brandenburg Gate after a political spat broke out over plans to speak there, Berliner Zeitung said.
Michael Asher / DailyTech:
Myth of Consensus Explodes: APS Opens Global Warming Debate  —  “Considerable presence” of skeptics  —  The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that many of its members disbelieve in human-induced global warming.
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Hindrocket / Power Line:   RETHINKING CLIMATE CHANGE
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
You've Got To Love It  —  The same day that Al Gore does his man …
Discussion: Washington Post and Sadly, No!
The Daily Times:
Obama and the captains of American industry  —  Sen. Barack Obama has been meeting secretly with heavy industry CEOs in Washington to discuss issues that he would face as president.  —  On the campaign trail, Obama has been highly critical of corporate executives and promised them nothing but tougher regulation and higher taxes.
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain camp says no more surrogacy for Gramm
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TIME.com
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
300 Advisers Shape Obama's Foreign Policy  —  WASHINGTON — Every day around 8 a.m., foreign policy aides at Senator Barack Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters send him two e-mails: a briefing on major world developments over the previous 24 hours and a set of questions, accompanied by suggested answers …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Coming Activist Age  —  We're entering an era of epic legislation.  There are at least five large problems that will compel the federal government to act in gigantic ways over the next few years.  —  First, there is the erosion of the social contract.
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Mark R. Levin / The Corner:   Not Conservatism, Less Liberalism
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Obama Ignorance Watch  —  Barack Obama delivered a speech in West Lafeyette, IN on Wednesday and once again mangled some well known historical facts: … Aaah yes - “the bomb that fell on Pearl Harbor.”  Who can forget that?  It was the big one, the one that took out all those boats.
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CNN:
ISSUE NUMBER ONE  —  Politics & the Economy; Inflation Skyrockets; Trouble in the Air
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Yuki Noguchi / NPR:
Listen Now  —  Angelica Hernandez (left) and her mother, Gloria Nunez, struggle to make ends meet on a very limited budget.  —  Nunez Family Economic Snapshot  —  Want to read more information on the Nunezes household budget and learn about budget cuts they've made?  Click here.
Marc Ambinder:
HRC Campaign Aides Buy 2012 Website  —  A company associated with Hillary Clinton's top presidential campaign advance staff has purchased a website domain that hints of a 2012 presidential bid for the vanquished senator from New York.  —  HRC2012.com was bought by the Markham Group on June 8, according to whois.com
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Independent, uninspired, and undecided  —  The oft-noted enthusiasm gap that favors Democrat Barack Obama becomes starkly apparent in a new poll out today.  —  But the more telling finding in the survey by the Associated Press and Yahoo News is that many independents …
Discussion: Wonkette and The Moderate Voice
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The secret hidden within John McCain's campaign schedule  —  You can tell a lot about any political campaign by how it invests its most precious resource: the 1,440 minutes in each candidate's day.  —  UPDATE: An earlier version of this item had an hour-by-hour schedule that was provided …
Emanuella Grinberg / CNN:
'It's gonna be a bloodbath,' fallen soldier told father  —  (CNN) — Cpl. Gunnar Zwilling suspected his days were numbered last week, while he and his band of brothers in the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team prepared for a mission near Wanat, Afghanistan.  —  “It's gonna be a bloodbath …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
L-ish Economic Prospects  —  Home prices are in free fall.  Unemployment is rising.  Consumer confidence is plumbing depths not seen since 1980.  When will it all end?  —  The answer is, probably not until 2010 or later.  Barack Obama, take notice.  —  It's true that some prognosticators …
Mercury News:
Prop. 8 facing a fight  —  POLL SHOWS MAJORITY OPPOSES GAY MARRIAGE BAN  —  In a finding that could foreshadow a difficult political battle for a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage, a new Field Poll says more California voters oppose Proposition 8 than favor it.
The Onion:
‘Time’ Publishes Definitive Obama Puff Piece  —  NEW YORK—Hailed by media critics as the fluffiest, most toothless, and softest-hitting coverage of the presidential candidate to date, a story in this week's Time magazine is being called the definitive Barack Obama puff piece.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Vox Popoli
 
 
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Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
McCain eyes longer gas tax reprieve to aid drivers
CNN:
Laci Peterson's mom outraged over former son-in-law's blog
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain predicts election-related terror in Iraq
Discussion: TIME.com
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Obama on Boumediene & Nuremburg
Benny Morris / New York Times:
Using Bombs to Stave Off War
Matthew Yglesias:
Uncle Howard  —  A friend described Netroots Nation …
White House:
Statement by the Press Secretary on Iraq
Nick Madigan / Baltimore Sun:
Spying uncovered  —  Undercover Maryland State Police officers …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Lou Aguilar / National Review:
Real Men Vote for McCain
Media Matters for America:
ABC News/ Wash. Post withheld results of poll favorable to Obama
Discussion: Daily Kos
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Hewitt Award Nominee
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama disinvited ‘lobbyist’ Cleland
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ
Clyde Haberman / New York Times:
That Old Lady in Dubuque Is Smarter Than You Think
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Hot Air
Sara Burnett / Rocky Mountain News:
Protesters, police educate, gear up for convention
David Kravets / Threat Level:
GOP Threatens CafePress Over Shirts, Stickers and Logos
Discussion: CL&P Blog
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
Netroots Try to Label Fox News as ‘Opinion’